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EDUCATION:

            Southern State College (Southern Arkansas University) Magnolia
            Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, B.S., 1969
            Memphis State University Law School, Memphis
            University of Arkansas Law School, Little Rock
            University of Arkansas Law School, Fayetteville, J.D., 1975
            (Course work completed, December 1974
)

ATTORNEY LICENSES:

 

          State of Arkansas, 1975

          U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas, 1976

          8th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1981

          Certified Mediator in all Arkansas Courts

          Arkansas Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission

                   Mediator Certificate #CRT-2004-13

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

 

          American Bar Association

          American Counsel Association

          Arkansas Bar Association

          Arkansas Bar Foundation, Fellow, Former Director-1988-1998,

                   member of Trust Committee, 2007-2010

          Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association

          Arkansas Volunteer Lawyers for the Elderly

          Greene-Clay Bar Association, Past President-1978-1979

          Legal Services of Northeast Arkansas, Pro Bono Panel

          Northeast Arkansas Bar Association, Past President -1988-1992

          The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow

          The Fellows of the Young Lawyers (ABA)

          Arkansas Conflict Resolution Association

 

ARKANSAS BAR ASSOCIATION POSITIONS:

 

          President -1996-1997

          Young Lawyers Section, Chair-1980-1981

          House of Delegates, Tenured Delegate

          Executive Council Member, Past member

          Board of Governors, ex-officio member, 2010-2014

          Family Law Section, Past Chair

          Family Law Section, Legislative Liaison

          Jurisprudence and Law Reform Committee, Former Member

          Social Security Committee, Former Vice Chair

          Annual Meeting Committee, Former Member

          Financial Institution Section, Former Member

          Domestic Relations Manual Committee, Past Chair

          Membership Committee, Past Chair

          Judicial Council Liaison Committee, 1997-2014, Past Chair

          Organization and Redistricting Committee, Chair, 1999-2000

          Judicial Article Task Force, 1998-2000

          Amendment 80 Implementation Committee, 2000-2004

          Committee for Responding to Unfair Criticism of Judge and

                   the Courts, Chair, 2004-2014

          Governor’s Task Force for a New Constitution (1995)

          Judicial Election Task Force, 2011-2014

          Bar Leadership Academy, co-chair, 2011; faculty member,

                   2011-2013


AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION POSITIONS:

 

YLS - Affiliate Outreach Project -Contributing Editor-1980

          House of Delegates: Arkansas Bar Association Delegate,

                   1997-2000, 2010-2014

                   State Delegate, Arkansas, 2000-2009

                   Board of Governors, 2014-2017

          Board of Governors, Class of 2017

                   Operations and Communications Committee

                   Senior Law Division, Liaison

                   Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress, Liaison

                   Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education, Liaison

          Executive Committee, Conference of State Bar Delegates 2003-2006

          Nominating Committee of the House, 2000-2009

          House Drafting Committee, 2000-2004

          House Technology Committee, 2006-2007

          Steering Committee of the Nominating Committee, 2004–2006

          Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children, 1997

          Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements, 2005-2007

          Standing Committee on Public Education, 2007 -2010

          Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services, 2010-2014

          National Conference of Bar Presidents, 1995-Present

            Member, ABA Section of Family Law

            Member, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution

            Member, ABA Senior Lawyers Division

            Member, Solo and General Practice Section

          Member, Task Force on Membership, 2009 

 

 

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION ACTIVITIES:

 

          AICLE, Board of Directors, Former Member

          Faculty Member, Fall Legal Institute, Mid-Year Meeting

                             Annual Meeting, and Practice Skills Seminars

          Speaker, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Meetings (four)

          Arkansas Professional Practicum faculty member

          Best of CLE Speaker’s Award (fourteen)

 

ARKANSAS SUPREME COURT APPOINTMENTS:

 

          Committee on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education, 1991-1992

          Family Law Committee on Specialization

          Supreme Court Committee on Child Support -1985-1994, 1999-2008

                   (past chair)

          Committee on Professional Conduct, 2000-2009 (past Chair,

                   Panel B)

          IOLTA Board of Directors - Former Member

          Professional Practicum Faculty Member, 2007-2012

 

 

MAJOR PRACTICE AREAS:

 

          Family Law

          Administrative Law

          Regional Water Districts

          Agricultural Drainage Law

          Mediation

          Business Organizations

          Probate and Estate Planning

 

GUBERNATORIAL APPOINTMENTS:

 

          Commissioner, Arkansas State Claims Commission, 2011-;

                   Co-Chair, 2014-

          Arkansas Science & Technology Authority, 1985-1991,

                   Past Chair, 1990-91

          Special Chief Justice, Arkansas Supreme Court, 1988

 

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:

 

          Arkansas Science & Technology Authority, Past Chair-1990-1991

          Paragould-Greene County Chamber of Commerce, President-1991-92;

                   Industrial Committee, Past Chair-1994-1995

                   Community Development Committee, Past Chair

          Paragould Economic Development Corporation, board member,

                   2006-2014;

                   Chair, Planning Committee

          Paragould Parks & Recreation Commission, Past Chair

          Paragould Rotary Club, Accompanist and Song Leader;

                   Paul Harris Fellow

          Arkansas State University Alumni Association, Past President

          Arkansas State University Red Wolves Foundation

                   (formerly Indian Club)

                   Board of Directors, 2011-; Vice-President, 2014;

                   President, 2015-

          Main Street Paragould, “Loose Caboose” Committee

          Arkansas Governors’ Mansion Association, Board Member, 2011-

          Pro-Bono Counsel, The Childrens’ Shelter, Walnut Ridge, AR

          Pro-Bono Counsel, Lawrence County Tourism Committee,

                   “British Invasion of the Rock ‘n Roll Highway” project,

                   2010-

          Arkansas Judicial Campaign Conduct and Education Committee, Inc.,

                   Board Member and Vice-President, 2015-

 

POLITICAL ACTIVITIES:

 

          Arkansas Democratic Party,  State Committee, 1976-1990;

                   Executive Committee, 1982-1988; Treasurer, 1986-1988;

          Senior Democrats of Arkansas, President, 2011-

          Affirmative Action-Delegate Selection Committee, Past Chair

          Platform Committee, Past Chair

          First Congressional District Caucus, Past Secretary

          Alexander for Congress Committee, Campaign Manager

          Clinton for Attorney General, County Coordinator

          Clinton for Governor, County Coordinator

          Clinton for President, County Coordinator, Arkansas Traveler

                    and Arkansas Ambassador to Washington State

          Gore for President, Arkansas Counsel, 2000

          Democratic Leadership Conference, Delegate, 1978

          Democratic National Convention, Alternate Delegate, 1988

          Democratic National Convention, Credentials Committee, 1992

          Democratic National Convention, Platform Committee, 1996

          Democratic National Convention, Delegate, 2000

 

PROFESSIONAL HONORS:

 

          Best Lawyers in Arkansas, l998-2014, The Arkansas Times and

                   AY Magazine

          Best Lawyers in America, (Woodward/White, Inc) 1999-2000 through

                   2013-2014 editions

          Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

          Martindale-Hubble Recognition for 25+Years with “AV” rating

 

          Arkansas Bar Association Awards:

          Presidential Award of Excellence, 2014

          Outstanding Lawyer-Citizen Award, 2002

          Charles L. Carpenter Memorial Award, 2000, for Distinguished

                   Service to the House of Delegates

          Golden Gavel Award

         

Greene County Volunteer of the Year, Legal Services of Northeast  Arkansas, Pro-Bono Panel, 2001

          Distinguished Alumnus, 1997, Arkansas State University,

          Volunteer of the Year, 1995, Industrial Developers of Arkansas

          Outstanding Personal Project in Historic Preservation, Arkansas

                   Historical Preservation Alliance, 2011

          Best Interior Design Project, Old National Bank of Commerce                        Building, Main Street, Arkansas, 2012

          Paragould Historical Trail, 2010 -

 

 

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:

 

          Newspaper Journalist (part time and summers), 1961-1974, Walnut

                   Ridge Times Dispatch, Osceola Times, Jonesboro Sun and

                   Arkansas Gazette

          Traveling Secretary (now Educational Consultant) Lambda Chi Alpha

                   Fraternity, Indianapolis, IN, 1969-1970

          Congressional Aide, Congressman Bill Alexander (D-Ark),1970-1973,

                   Washington, DC, Little Rock, AR, and Jonesboro, AR

 

PERSONAL:

 

          Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity

          Phi Eta Sigma (Scholastic Fraternity)

          Phi Alpha Delta (Legal Fraternity)

          Current member, First United Methodist Church, Paragould, AR;                             Member of Church Council, 2010-2014, Chair, 2014;

                   Guitarist and vocalist with Bluegrass Praise Band;

                   Substitute liturgist and usher; 

                   Chancel Choir

          Former Member, First Presbyterian Church, Paragould, Arkansas:

                   Past Elder, Trustee, and Accompanist (Piano, Organ & Guitar)

          Former Counsel to the Presbytery of Arkansas

 

Married (July 31, 1971) to the former Linda Lou Lipscomb of Blytheville

 

HOBBIES:

 

          Travel, Photography, Music, and Sports

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